Until 1991, the Internet was restricted to use only "...for research and education in the sciences and engineering..." and was used for email, telnet, FTP and USENET traffic—but only a tiny number of web pages. The World Wide Web protocols had only just been written and not until the end of 1993 would there be a graphical web browser for Mac or Windows computers. Even after there was some opening up of internet access, the situation was confused until 1995.
Some clients prefer Windows for its greater power and flexibility, while others go for Linux due to its good reputation, speed, reliability, and security. The price difference between the two is not much and each of them is good as long as it meets business needs. Most often, the real determinant in the OS choice is the technology the client wants to use on the site.
The downsides include high prices (dedicated hosting plans are some of the most expensive on the market), as well as the need for technical know-how. Some hosting companies offer managed dedicated hosting, but it would still be wise to have the technical knowledge necessary to make informed decisions regarding your server’s setup, configuration, and maintenance.
In our experience, Rackspace offers a truly superior server for a bigger website or gaming server if you need. You will get tons of storage options and guaranteed uptime. Their customer support is always available and located in the US, so you can always talk to someone about any issues and get them fixed typically within a couple of hours.
Our priority is security and consequently when considering security software for the dedicated hosting service you need to choose wisely. You want to confer with your hosting provider as well and choose a server type that offers you some built-in protection. For example, the best-dedicated hosting plan will include DDOS protection. In addition to this, examine what other security features are a part of the plan or available to you as an add-on service from your host. Discuss your options for security at length and always go with the best and most reliable of options.
You can save a nice chunk of money if you sign up for a year or more of dedicated hosting at a time. For example, you can rent a GoDaddy dedicated server for $129 per month, but if you commit to a 12-month contract, the price drops to $79.99 per month. Chances are, if you're serious enough about your site that you think it needs a dedicated host, you're probably planning for it to be up for a year. Of course, that's where the money-back guarantees come in, and some sites definitely offer more than others in that regard, so do your research. All our web-hosting reviews cover these guarantees.